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Monday, August 31, 2015


(Jacobus van Heerden)

Multi talented Durban actor, Jacobus van Heerden, will present his quirky, family-friendly one-man rollicking adventure – Catch! – at the 2015 Glenwood Community Festival on September 4.

Through a brilliant combination of performance, storytelling, and ultra-violet props, Van Heerden tells the hilarious story of an unlikely friendship between Felix and Fred.

Felix is a 22 year-old wannabe rock star who runs away from home in search of adventure while Fred is a 12 year old bird-watching nerd sent to live with his Gran, Glynis, for a year. Both are newcomers to the town of Knysna and before long they embark on an illicit night-time fishing expedition which goes horribly wrong. Forced into raising R5,000, they enter a fishing competition in the hope of catching their salvation.

Van Heerden said Catch! was partly inspired by his own experiences as a young boy: “I lived in Knysna for a few years when I was younger, and that was a very influential time in my life. I went on all these adventures and fished a lot. So I drew on all these experiences. It is important to write from your own experience. It is always best to be the best version of yourself rather than the second-rate version of someone else.”

Catch! won PANSA’s Musho Theatre Festival Audience Vote Award and Suliman Selection Award in 2007, and has had subsequent theatre seasons including playing the Hilton Festival in 2008 and has toured to various festivals around the country as well as performing in Zimbabwe at the Harare International Festival of the Arts. The play is written and performed by Jacobus van Heerden and directed by Liam Magner.

Catch Catch! at Glenwood Preparatory School Hall on September 4 at 19h00. This is a unique once-off performance at the Festival – suitable for all ages (not babes in arms). Tickets on sale in advance during school hours or at box-office prior to the performance. Tickets R50 (R35 primary school children). Only 220 tickets will be sold. Secure parking is available on the school grounds for ticket holders. Refreshments on sale before and after the show, in aid of the Jeanette Smit Seniors’ Home in Glenwood.

For more information contact Kelly Hobbs, PRO/Marketing; Glenwood Preparatory School on 031 201 5165 or email:

Catch! is part of the annual Glenwood Community Festival – which hosts a busy weekend of interactive family activities from September 3 to 6. For a detailed programme of events visit website at